When there are more vehicles on the road, there are more opportunities for accidents to happen. Other factors increase the likelihood of collisions as well, such as longer nighttime hours and adverse weather conditions. But traffic congestion is one factor that significantly increases a motorist's risk of being involved in a collision, especially when that traffic involves large trucks. Furthermore, you are more likely to be involved in a truck accident during the holiday season than during other times of the year due to the increased demand for consumer goods. Truck drivers are often exhausted from long days and weeks on the road, contributing to the increased rate of collisions at this time of year.
Large commercial trucks require greater following and stopping distances than passenger vehicles. They also have much larger blind spots than smaller vehicles, making it difficult for truck drivers to always be aware of the other cars on the road. Tractor trailers can also weigh up to 80,000 pounds. Collisions between trucks and cars are fatal far more frequently than collisions between cars.
This holiday season, share the road with trucks to reduce your chance of being injured in a truck accident. Below are a few tips to help you make your drive safer.
Sharing the Road With Commercial Trucks
- Stay out of trucks' blind spots. Tractor trailers often have warnings on their bumpers or sides showing the location of the blind spot.
- Give trucks enough following and stopping distance. Following a truck too closely can result in a collision.
- Adjust your driving to the weather. When there is ice, show, or puddles on the road, slow down.
- Give trucks the room they need to make wide turns. Trucks cannot take turns as sharply as you can - respect this and move out of the way when a truck needs to turn.
Bridgeton Truck Accident Lawyers at Rone & Kowalski, LLC Can Help You Pursue Compensation for Your Injuries
Motorists and their passengers are at risk of being injured in truck accidents in New Jersey throughout the year, but when there are more trucks on the road, there are more opportunities for accidents to occur. If you have been injured in a truck accident, consider working with a member of our team of Vineland personal injury lawyers at Rone & Kowalski, LLC to seek compensation for your damages. Fill out our online form or call us at 609-476-4044 x203 to schedule your initial consultation in our Milmay, New Jersey office. Our Bridgeton truck accident lawyers represent clients from all over South Jersey, including Vineland, Millville, Buena Vista, Maurice River Township, Upper Deerfield Township, Greenwich Township, Stow Creek Township, and CumberlandCounty.